“Kotoko is at their peak but Gold Stars will shock them in Kumasi,” Michael Osei bullish ahead of clash

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The Gye Nyame boss is optimistic of picking at least a point against his former side at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium as he marks a return to the venue that brought him to limelight years ago

Bibiani Gold Stars coach Michael Osei says they are fully prepared to defeat Asante Kotoko in matchday 20 fixture of Ghana Premier League at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday.

The debutants lost the first leg at home three months ago but according to Osei, who previously led Kotoko as a player and coach, his charges are peaking at the right time and will cause a major upset to his former side.

“I’m very happy going back to Kumasi with Gold Stars. Since I left Kotoko in 2016, I’ve played against Kotoko twice but none of them has been at their home ground [Baba Yara Sports Stadium],” Osei told his club’s media, as quoted by AshesGyamera.com.

“So I’m very excited to have the opportunity to face them for the first time in Kumasi.

“I have won once against Kotoko since leaving them with Liberty Professionals as well as losing one with Gold Stars in the first round in Bibiani. The defeat was a very painful one.

“Kotoko are at the top [of the Premier League log] at the moment and have good form but my team is also in a good shape and we’ve been consistent with our performance. Maybe the away performance hasn’t been good but all the same I’m happy with our play so I know definitely that it will be an interesting game.

“This is because both clubs are in good shape so it will be purely tactical game because they also have a very good coach. I think he is doing very well with the players and we’re also doing well so this is a game I believe to be more interesting to watch.

“I’m worried with our away matches because the results haven’t been better and per our preparations it should not be so. However, we’re still working hard that it will change and it must start from Kotoko,” he added.

Watch Michael Osei’s interview ahead of Kotoko game

Gold Stars after ten away games have scored only seven goals and conceded seventeen goals. They lie 17th on the away log with just two points from a possible 30 points.

They also have the third worse defence away from home behind Accra Lions and Techiman Eleven Wonders.

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